A Hymn of Illumination: "Speak, O Lord"
A HYMN OF ILLUMINATION: “SPEAK, O LORD”
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your Holy Word.
Take Your Truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
— Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, © Thankyou Music, 2005, Administered by worshiptogether.com (USA) and Kingsway Music (UK), from the recording NEW IRISH HYMNS 4. Available at www.gettymusic.com or on Keith and Kristyn Getty’s upcoming U.S. tour. A short sample of this song can be heard by going to www.gettydirect.com/lyrics.asp?id=94.
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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